November 2018



Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing!


For the Lord has comforted his people, and will have compassion on his suffering ones. 


Isaiah 49:13




November has come again. And with it, all of the anticipation harvest, sharing, remembering, helping.


November is the month that we begin with remembering our loved ones who have joined the saints of old in the past year.  We call it All Saints Sunday, and it reminds us that there is so much more to this life than we can possibly understand. It also reminds us that one day we all will stand before our maker in a very specific way, and that we will be joined once again with those we love in a dimension of grace, mercy and peace.


This year we follow All Saint’s Sunday with our 75th anniversary celebration at Bethany! November 11th Bethany and East Lemonweir will have a joint worship service that will be at 10 a.m. followed by a battered lunch. We will welcome many who have been a part of our parish’s past with guest musicians, a lot of special music, as well as our Bishop Jim Arends. November is also a month with diverse ministries that go out of our doors. It is also a month for giving thanks. On Christ the King Sunday we give thanks for the women’s ministry with a special thank-offering service. But we give thanks for much, much more.  We are thankful for safe hunting this time of year. We are thankful for our food pantry that feeds the hungry of our community. We also will be continuing our long-standing tradition of putting together Thanksgiving baskets for families in our area who have very little to spare.


Yes, there is a lot going on in November. There always is. But over-arching the entire month is something else that is going on: a special kind of anticipation of the birth of a child that reminds us of pure, honest, love. We can hear the music of generosity by bringing toys for the upcoming Toy Workshop in December. November is a month of music; the music of remembrance, sharing with those in need, spreading the Gospel and giving thanks.


It is the music of Jesus.


Peace and music to you, 

Pr. Wendy




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